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Myths about Human Trafficking
How are we as a society responding / reacting ?
Name calling/ judging
From the past and not giving them a chance to overcome their past: In cases of sex trafficking just because of the work they were indulged in, they are called by various insulting names which would cause additional trauma due to abuse. Insults like name calling and using references from their past make them feel like outcasts who don’t belong to the community and rather fit better in the trafficking ring.
A victim is constantly reminded of their painful experiences from the past when they are asked about the things that happened to them. Instead of empathizing with their trauma some people would blame the victim for getting trafficked and question why weren’t they cautious and how did they end up like that making them travel back to the past every now and then.
Judgment and Acceptance
This is where we go wrong, instead of listening and understanding their painful stories we jump into conclusion. There is a saying not to judge a book by its cover but unfortunately it doesn’t work with us as society because we are too quick to judge. This is actually making it harder for the victims to rehabilitate and adjust with society and ends up getting re victimized.
A victim needs assurance and acceptance to recover from all the traumas they have gone through but only 5% out of 100 people in the society shows acceptance towards them, which make them feel like an outcast, putting the blame on themselves. When we read cases about survivor champions, we see how acceptance can help a victim to fight against human trafficking which implies the power of acceptance and we as a society lacks in this area.
Deny jobs / second chance
A lot of re-victimization happens because they are not accepted in any jobs which leaves them with the only option left to them that is going back to where they come from.
Families deny their return or accept the victim due to self-disgust /shame or social pressure.